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Victim, suspects identified in fatal Kearns stabbing

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Posted at 7:52 AM, May 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-30 09:36:28-04

KEARNS, Utah — Two people were arrested for allegedly stabbing and killing a man early Sunday morning in Kearns.

According to Unified Police, the incident occurred around 3 a.m. in the area of 4500 West and 4900 South. When officers arrived at the scene, they attempted to revive the victim, who was later pronounced dead.

The victim was identified as 20-year-old Rustyn Christopher Opperman.

Police said Opperman went to the home of Anthony Landh Martinez, 20, to recover a stolen phone. After he arrived, Martinez's father, Benny, began punching Opperman while standing over him, according to the arrest affidavit.

During the alleged assault, Anthony Martinez went inside the home to retrieve a knife and stabbed Opperman in the back when he returned.

Anthony Martinez and Benny Martinez, 44, were booked in the Salt Lake County Jail and are set to face murder charges.